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USCIS revises guidance regarding forms and fees to align with USCIS fee rule

  1. Original Date Announced

    September 2, 2020

    USCIS issued a policy alert notifying stakeholders that it is revising its guidance regarding forms and fees to align with the USCIS Fee Schedule, effective October 2, 2020.

    On or after October 2, 2020, USCIS will only accept new versions of the following forms:

    • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-1B or H-1B1 Classifications (Form I-129H1)
    • Petitions for H-2A and H-2B Workers (Forms I-129H2A and I-129H2B)
    • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: L Classification (Form I-129L)
    • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: O Classification (Form I-129O)
    • Application for Nonimmigrant Worker: E and TN Classification (Form I-129E&TN)
    • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-3, P, Q, or R Classification (Form I-129MISC)
    • Request for Action on Approved Form I-600/I-600A (Form I-600/I-600A, Supplement 3)
    • Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765)
    • Request for Fee Waiver (Form I-912)

    Additionally, USCIS is changing its premium processing timeframe to 15 business days (from 15 calendar days), announces the service fee may be adjusted for inflation, and says it will refund some fees if it does not complete the adjudication within 15 business days.

    USCIS also revises its guidance regarding eligibility for fee waivers, fee payments for adjustment applicants, and procedures for using Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery (SCRD). [ID #1067]

    USCIS revises guidance on forms and fees
  2. Effective Date

    October 2, 2020
  4. Biden Administration Action: Under Study

    June 14, 2021

    Unified Agenda: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

    This notice made known the Biden administration's intention to rescind and replace the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    DHS issued a Uniform Regulatory Agenda notice announcing its intention to propose to adjust the fees charged by USCIS for immigration and naturalization benefit requests.  This proposed rule would rescind and replace the changes made by the August 3, 2020, rule and establish new USCIS fees to recover USCIS operating costs.   

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

June 14, 2021 Action: Under Study Unified Agenda: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule
June 14, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Agencies Affected: USCIS

Associated or Derivative Policies


Biden Administration Policy Documents

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